Love Requests Venus to Return His Weapons to Him

(French, 1736–1793)
(French, 1703–1770)
Support: Antique laid blue paper
Sheet: 30 x 39.8 cm (11 13/16 x 15 11/16 in.); Platemark: 27.3 x 36.7 cm (10 3/4 x 14 7/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Herold 17, state I/V
State: I/V
Location: not on view
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For his aristocratic patrons, Boucher made numerous paintings of intriguing female nudes, thinly veiled as Roman goddesses lounging in luxury. Bonnet’s color chalk-manner prints of similar subjects offered middle-class buyers sumptuous yet affordable versions of Boucher’s wildly popular images. Here, a tiny cupid pleads with Venus for his quiver of arrows as she gazes teasingly at the viewer. Their feathered ends simultaneously conceal and draw attention to her nudity. With cupid’s arrows in her control, it is Venus—rather than cupid—who has the power to arouse feelings of love.
Love Requests Venus to Return His Weapons to Him

Love Requests Venus to Return His Weapons to Him


Louis-Marin Bonnet, François Boucher

(French, 1736–1793), (French, 1703–1770)
France, 18th century

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